GUEST LECTURES IN IT EDUCATION
RECOMMENDATIONS BASED ON AN EMPIRICAL STUDY
Guest lectures are often a welcome and inspiring event in a course, potentially demonstrating the real-life relevance of the syllabus. It can however be challenging to successfully incorporate a guest lecture. To investigate such challenges, we conducted a study among faculty and students in a university department offering bachelor and master programs in IT. The results shed light on the importance of guest lectures, which courses are fit for guest lectures, the role of personal networks and factors that may prevent guest lectures from being arranged successfully. From this we propose a set of issues that should be addressed by a university department to provide support for the inclusion of guest lecturers in courses and study programs. As a pointer towards further work, we briefly address what support tools might be provided.